Brisbane have completed the signing of former basketball player Tom Fullarton, who was recently released from his contract with the Brisbane Bullets to take up an opportunity at the Lions.
Fullarton asked for a release on Wednesday morning, and was officially snapped up by the Lions just hours later.
He joins the club as a Category B rookie for the rest of the 2018 campaign, and has also signed on for the 2019 season.
The 19-year-old played junior football at the Caloundra Panthers alongside young Brisbane forward Eric Hipwood, and was named as an All-Australian after playing for Queensland as a 15-year-old.
“The last few years I’ve been with the Brisbane Bullets, working with them and playing basketball, but I had been in the Lions Academy as a junior. I have really close ties with footy, so I decided to come back and pursue a career in the AFL,” Fullarton told lions.com.au.
A forward on the basketball court, Fullarton could play as a ruckman or a key forward for the Lions.
Brisbane’s General Manager of Football David Noble told the club’s website he’s excited to see Fullarton try to grow to his potential.
“We’re excited that Tom has made a decision to pursue his football dream. We know from Tom’s time in the Hyundai Help for Kids Lions Academy he’s a talented, tall key position player,” Noble said.
“He will need to work extremely hard to transition his body and mentality for football but we have every confidence he will make this a success.
Fullarton will join the Lions on June 1.